04-16-2019, 11:58 AM
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This is definitely an adjustment period. All kinds of behavior can be expected in that time. It would be good for you to know what the dog's daily routine was previously and stick to it as much as possible. However, if the dog has always been under-exercised I would start to increase that, especially in the morning, and when your sister returns from having been away from the house.
Walks outside, running games like fetch in the back yard or a long hallway or basement...
Puzzle games to get his mind busy and tired. A snuffle mat for feeding instead of eating from a bowl is an amazing tool. Especially dogs like Beagles who love to experience the world through their nose will get some of that need met with a snuffle mat.
It also slows down feeding, expanding that time of pleasure! Or filling a Kong with wet Kibble and then frozen, can be her breakfast or dinner.
A game of hide and seek, where you hide toys or treats for her to search. Perhaps doing some regular dog-training, sit, down, stay, come, leave it, touch, high fives or learning new tricks with her.
All of those will keep her busy and work out some of that nervous energy. It will help her bond with your sister and in time she will be able to work through the loss of your cousin. The dog does not understand why her owner has disappeared, and naturally she is missing him/her!!! Perhaps the cousin can do some face-time with the dog, or other ways where she can hear the voice! At least she can stay in her surroundings, and that is really wonderful for her!